Resilience in Young People – Learning to Bounce Part 2
Some of the approaches you can take to develop resilience in your child:
- Don’t over protect your child from normal challenges that young people have at different ages. Don’t do things for them without checking to see if they are capable of doing it for themselves.
- Don’t fight all their battles for them. They need to experience some difficult times and deal with them so they can learn how to bounce back.
- Model effective solving of problems that are age appropriate for your child by talking ‘out loud’ or gently dispute their self-defeating or unhelpful talk.
- When your child is upset about an unwelcome or distressing situation, help them to keep things in perspective by asking them “Does this really matter as much as you think it does?”, “Are you getting upset over very little?” or “On a scale of 1-10, how bad is this really?”
- Encourage your child to talk about what’s troubling them and help them find solutions.
- Let your child see and hear you using positive tracking, showing appreciation to others for the support they give them, saying ‘things will get better soon’ and expecting that good outcomes are possible.
(Bounce Back, Noble & McGrath)
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You can make an appointment to discuss this further or access a GP Mental Health Care Plan if eligible. We can’t protect young people from facing a bumpy journey through life … but we can help them cope better by fostering Resilience!